Marcel Sabitzer set Austria on the way to a friendly win over Germany. - © IMAGO
Marcel Sabitzer set Austria on the way to a friendly win over Germany. - © IMAGO

Bundesliga-heavy Austria beat Julian Nagelsmann's Germany in friendly


Bundesliga duo Marcel Sabitzer and Christoph Baumgartner were on target as Austria inflicted a second straight loss on Julian Nagelsmann's Germany.

Austria 2-0 Germany
Goals: 1-0
Sabitzer 29' (assist: Baumgartner), 2-0 Baumgartner 73' (assist: Gregoritsch)
Sent off:
Sané 49'

Beaten 3-2 by Turkey at the weekend, Germany were on the backfoot for much of the first half in Vienna. RB Leipzig's Baumgartner hit a deflected shot wide, before Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp denied Freiburg striker Michael Gregoritsch in a promising one-on-one. Ralf Rangnick's team were eventually rewarded for their bright start just shy of the half-hour mark when Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sabitzer capped a quick counter with an unerring finish past Trapp. Sané - flying domestically for Bayern Munich - warmed the palms of Alexander Schlager in response, but Austria ended the half in the ascendancy as Baumgartner zipped an effort wide.

Germany's task was made a whole lot harder early in the second half when Sané was shown a straight red card following an altercation with ex-Mainz man Phillipp Mwene. Substitute Benjamin Henrichs sent a free-kick wide in a rare moment of promise for the visitors, who were indebted to Trapp for thwarting Gregoritsch soon after. Trapp could do nothing to prevent Baumgartner calmly slotting in a second Austria goal, though, after smart hold-up play from Gregoritsch. Germany substitutes Florian Wirtz and Marvin Ducksch threatened a response, but Austria were otherwise untroubled and might have added to their lead but for Trapp's late save from substitute Matthias Seidl.

Match stats

  • Germany have faced Austria 10 times, losing their last two after winning their first eight.
  • Nagelsmann's record as national team boss stands at one win (3-1 vs. USA), one draw (2-2 vs. Mexico) and two defeats.
  • Sané was sent off for the first time in his senior career.
  • Austria's 10 outfield starters play, or have played, in the Bundesliga.
  • Rangnick previously coached Ulm, VfB Stuttgart, Hannover, Schalke, Hoffenheim and Leipzig.
  • Bayer Leverkusen's Robert Andrich made his Germany debut.


Austria: A. Schlager – Posch, Lienhart, Alaba (c) (Danso 90'), Mwene (Wöber 69') – Seiwald, Laimer (Entrup 90'), X. Schlager, Sabitzer (Seidl 90') - Baumgartner (Schmid 81') - Gregoritsch (Kalajdzic 81')
Unused subs: Lawal, Pentz, Grillitsch, Kainz, Arnautovic, Sarkaria
Out: -
Coach: Ralf Rangnick 

Germany: Trapp - Tah, Hummels, Rüdiger, Havertz (Ducksch 77') - Gündoğan (c) (Andrich 61'), Goretzka (Kimmich 61') - Gnabry (Wirtz 61'), Brandt (Henrichs 53') - Sané, Füllkrug (Müller 46')
Unused subs: Baumann, Blaswich, Raum, Süle, Groß, Hofmann, Prömel
Out: Can (thigh), Günter (broken arm), Musiala (hamstring), Ter Stegen (back)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

As it happened!

2 - 0

(1 - 0)

International Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna

Full-time: Austria 2-0 Germany

A defeat for Germany in Vienna due to goals from Sabitzer and Baumgartner either side of half-time.
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Dangerous ball from Kimmich

The Bayern veteran cuts the ball across the goalmouth, but Schlager punches well clear.

Six minutes of stoppage time indicated

Trapp has made a couple of good saves and Klimmich cleared an effort off the line in the past few minutes as Austria finish at full throttle.

Austria on the attack again

Kalajdzic gets the ball through on goal after some neat Austrian interplay, but the substitute is flagged offisde.

Sabitzer smashes over

The Dortmund midfielder races to meet a long ball forward but fires well over.

Yellow card


Müller header saved

The ball zips around the air in the Austria box again and Müller sends a scooping header on target, but Alexander Schlager saves.

Chipped forward to Müller

Germany are playing direct football now as they seek to strike back quick. A long pass forward is headed by Thomas Müller just in front of goal, but he is flagged offside, in any case.

Kimmich cracks an effort over

A decent shot from the Bayern midfielder just outside the box to land the ball onto the roof of the net. Germany have not given up!

Baumgartner doubles Austria's lead

Germany are split open by a quick attack as Alaba feeds the ball through to Gregoritsch. He turns and puts Baumgartner behind the defence, and the Leipzig man dinks the ball over Trapp to send the home fans wild.

Kimmich to Tah

A clever move sees the Bayern midfielder chip the ball wide to the Leverkusen defender, who turns a cross in from the right fringe of the box - but he is not able to find a team-mate.

Intensity up

Julian Nagelsmann's side have stepped on the gas a bit since being reduced to ten men, and have threatened at various times. As long as there is only one goal in this, they have every chance!

Henrichs threatens

The Leipzig wide player has looked lively ever since coming on and breaks into the Austria box before trying to cut the ball back to Wirtz. An Austria defender is first to his pass, however.

Chances at either end

Henrichs hits a free-kick wide before Trapp denies Gregoritsch at the other end. Germany's treble substitution has really shaken things up, with both sides determined to get a result.

Sabitzer swings a free-kick in

Germany manage to clear, but they face a stiff task fending off this determined Austrian side with a man fewer on the field.

Posch has an effort

The Austrian defender drives off-target from the edge of the box. Germany are now down to ten men as they chase this game.

Sané off

The Bayern attacker has a coming together with Mwane following a challenge and is shown a straight red card.

Red card


Baumgartner blocked

The Leipzig midfielder gets a chance to shoot just outside the box in a fluent start to the second period, but his effort is blocked.

Off we go again

Müller is on for Füllkrug as Julian Nagelsmann seeks to inspire a second-half comeback.

Half-time: Austria 1-0 Germany

Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Sabitzer has given an energetic Austrian side the lead at the break. Julian Nagelsmann will be keen to see his Germany team step up a gear in the second period.

One minute of additional time indicated

Julian Nagelsmann will no doubt be running his half-time team talk through his mind already.

Baumgartner zips wide

Austria are pushing for a second goal before the break, with Baumgartner taking aim from the left corner of the German penalty box but shooting high and wide.

Gnabry has a go

The Bayern man sends a hefty drive on goal when meeting a bouncing ball a good 20 metres out, but it goes wide.

Gündogan looks for Brandt

The Germany captain plays a good cross from the right for the Dortmund attacker, who can't quite control it.

Another hairy moment

Rüdiger underhits a backpass to Trapp and the Germany goalkeeper can just squeeze a clearance out for a throw-in before Gregoritsch can pounce.

Sané tries to strike back

That's not a bad effort from the Bayern man on the edge of the box, but he curls it into Alexander Schlager's hands.

Austria lead

It was coming. Moments after Brandt almost got the ball in the box in Germany's most promising attack, Austria go up the other end and score an opener. Baumgartner took the ball forward and turned it on to Sabitzer on the left, who drifted inside to set up a sharp finish past Trapp at the near post.
Marcel Sabitzer

Not easy so far

In addition to losing the ball a few times to the Austrian press, Germany have struggled to get it from the hosts when they have possession.

Austria attack again

Alaba takes the ball to the edge of the area and tries to thread it through to Gregoritsch, but Rüdiger clears well.

Austria make the early running

The hosts have made a high-intensity start and have seen the best chances. Germany are still finding their way into the encounter and have Trapp to thank for the scoreline remaining level.

Trapp denies Gregoritsch

Austria have the best chance yet. It comes from another long ball that dips over the Germany defence to put Gregoritsch one-on-one with Kevin Trapp, but the Frankfurt goalkeeper wins that battle with a strong save!

Gregoritsch behind the defence

A chance for the hosts as Alaba floats a free-kick from his own half over the Germany backline, but the Freiburg striker scuffs his shot.

Free-kick 25 metres out

Füllkrug is brought down by Baumgartner for a Germany free-kick but Sané's effort hits the wall.

Havertz charges down the left

The newly converted left-back breaks free down the left and cuts a dangerous ball into the box, but it is cleared before a team-mate can latch onto it.

Free-kick to Germany

Gündoğan is fouled by Xaver Schlager on the edge of his own box, and Germany get a respite from Austria's strong start.

Baumgartner deflected behind

Seiwald wins the ball up high as Austria come out with the expected pressing intensity. He feeds it through to Baumgartner, whose shot is deflected behind.

Off we go

The friendly international kicks off to open the latest chapter in the long footballing rivalry between Germany and Austria.

Time for the anthems

Kick-off will soon follow...

What an atmosphere

The packed stadium is singing along to the tones of Sweet Caroline at a ferocious volume. The players are preparing to leave the tunnel...

15 minutes to kick off

The sold-out Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna is filling up. After their recent qualification for EURO 24, Ralf Rangnick's Austria are set to present a great test for Julian Nagelsmann's Germany.

More on that Germany team

Julian Nagelsmann makes three changes to the side that started the 2-3 defeat to Turkey on Saturday. Hummels, Goretzka (pictured) and Gnabry are in for Henrichs, Kimmich and Wirtz.

More on that Austria team

There are no fewer than eight German Bundesliga players in Ralf Rangnick's starting XI tonight. The trio who ply their trade away from Germany includes captain David Alaba, who is very much a Bayern Munich legend.

Germany starting XI

Trapp - Tah, Hummels, Rüdiger, Havertz - Gündoğan (c), Goretzka - Sané, Brandt, Gnabry - Füllkrug

Germany substitutes

Baumann, Blaswich, Henrichs, Raum, Süle, Andrich, Groß, Hofmann, Kimmich, Müller, Prömel, Wirtz, Ducksch

Austria starting XI

A. Schlager – Posch, Lienhart, Alaba (c), Mwene – Seiwald, Laimer, X. Schlager, Sabitzer – Baumgartner - Gregoritsch

Austria substitutes

Lawal, Pentz, Danso, Wöber, Grillitsch, Kainz, Schmid, Seidl, Arnautovic, Entrup, Kalajdzic, Sarkaria

The Bundesliga’s top 5 Austrian players

Alaba and Sabitzer are just two of the great Austrians to play their football in the Bundesliga down the years. This week, we looked at the five best in history...

Familiar faces

There are no fewer than 12 Bundesliga-based players in the Austria squad, plus a host more who once plied their trade in Germany. Dortmund's Marcel Sabitzer is one of them, and his clubmate, Mats Hummels, is looking forward to going up against his BVB colleague. "We've spoken about the game before, as it's a really attractive fixture," said Hummels. "We're all looking forward to the game against a strong side."

Watch: Alaba - the Bayern youth product turned global star

Alaba won 10 Bundesliga titles for Bayern, as well as two treble with the UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup.

Alaba: "Germany have world-class players"

Another Bayern old boy has been discussing the game before tonight's meeting, with Austria skipper David Alaba, who won two trebles and a whole lot more with the record champions, saying: “Germany have world-class individual players and are always dangerous as a team... They definitely have the potential to play successful football."

Nagelsmann: "We'll try to be the better team"

Nagelsmann spoke to media this week saying he was hoping for improvement against an Austria side he rates highly. "We’ll try to be the better team and win," said the former Leipzig and Bayern boss. "Austria have a lot of Bundesliga players and players who play in the Champions League... In Ralf Rangnick, they have a coach with a clear philosophy."

Set your alarms

Tonight's action at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion gets underway kicks-off at 8.45pm CET so be sure to set your alarms now. There will be team news to also watch out for around an hour prior to the action getting underway.

Füllkrug keeps finding the net

The Dortmund striker's goal in the defeat to Turkey at the weekend was his 10th in 12 appearances for Germany. His impressive start to international football is getting even better...

The Bundesliga dozen

No fewer than 12 players in the Austria squad currently ply their trade in the German Bundesliga. Dortmund's Marcel Sabitzer scored the penalty that sealed Austria's EURO 2024 qualification in Azerbaijan last month.

Germany beaten

A 2-3 defeat in Berlin on Saturday evening was Julian Nagelsmann's first defeat as national team coach. A result away at a strong Austrian side would surely be the perfect tonic though with EURO 2024 moving ever closer onto the horizon.

Austrian aura

Rangnick has created quite the feelgood atmosphere around the Austrian national team since taking charge in May of last year. Their 2-0 win over Estonia on Thursday saw the Austrians into second place at the end of their EURO 2024 qualifying group - and they will be in Germany for the big party next summer.

Nagelsmann v Rangnick

The clash will see two of the most influential names in Bundesliga coaching in recent years pit their wits against one another. In 2018, Ralf Rangnick appointed Julian Nagelsmann to succeed him in the RB Leipzig dugout, which illustrates the mutual respect between the two tactically obsessed coaches.

Welcome along!

Thank you for joining us for live updates ahead of and during the Austria v Germany friendly international in Vienna on Tuesday evening.